Sanchi - Witness to heydays of Buddhism in India, Sanchi is a must visit for all those take interest in Lord Buddha and his teachings.

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Location - Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Best Time To Visit - November to February

History in all its forms is very much available at the disposal for the lovers of antiquity. Ancient stupas, temples, monasteries and pillars of Sanchi are famous across the globe. These must sees of Sanchi date from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Sanchi is located in the north-east of Bhopal. It is situated upon a hill and is a witness to the glorious era of Buddhism in India. Stupendous specimen of Buddhist art and architecture dating back to Mauryan period can be found at Sanchi.

Sanchi is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until 12th century AD. It was Ashoka who laid the foundations of a religious centre at Sanchi. There are around 50 monuments at Sanchi. Sanchi Stupa Places to visit at Sanchi
Great Stupa No.1
The Great Stupa No.1 at Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in India. It was built by Ashoka in order to provide an impetus to the religion of Buddhism. Earlier it was a very minor structure carved out of brick. Asoka. The stupa is 36.5 mt in diameter and 16.4 MT high, with a massive hemispherical dome, it stands in eternal majesty. The carved getaways depict the different stages of the Buddha's life.

The Eastern Gateway
The Eastern Gateway showcase the scenes of young Gautama leaving his palace to attain the path of enlightenment and the dream his mother had before his birth.

The Western Gateway
The Western Gateway depicts the seven incarnations of Lord Buddha.

The Northern and Southern Gateway
The northern gateway presents the miracles associated with Lord Buddha whereas the Southern Gateway showcases the birth of Gautama in a series of dramatically rich carvings.

The Ashoka Pillar
The Pillar of Ashoka lies close to the southern Gateway. Known for its aesthetic proportions and exquisite structural balance, the Ashoka Pillar is one of the finest examples of great architecture.

The Great Bowl
The Great Bowl is a massive structure that once contained the food that was distributed to the monks of Sanchi.

The Museum
The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a site museum at Sanchi. Antiquities of great importance are put on display. The various items include the lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and metal objects used by the monks, discovered during excavations at Sanchi .

Feather to the Cap
The Buddhist Monastery at Sanchi has been designated as a World Heritage site in the year 1989 for its historical and archaeological importance. Sanchi is variously known as - Kakanaya, Kakanava, Kakanadabota and Bota-Sriparvata.


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